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This seems to be a reoccurring theme this trip. From the moment we woke up in Monteverde, I was speechless. We arrived late the night before and had no idea what kind of view was in store for us. To our surprise, the next day at 6am we woke up completely surrounded by the mountains. I have never seen so much green beauty in my life. No picture can even do the justice that this view deserved.

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Our first adventure, zip-lining yet again took my breath away, literally. Not only was I in shock looking at the beautiful sights in front of me, but I also was heaving after the several hikes up the mountain that slowly decreased my oxygen intake.

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As if I wasn’t out of breath enough, both literally and figuratively… The saga continued. Each time a local spoke to me I found myself at a loss for words. I might not be perfect at Spanish, but I definitely know more than I was showing. It’s beyond intimidating to converse with someone else in their native language yet also it’s one of the most culturally enhancing things I could ever do -I need to start pushing myself. It’s good to be out of breath. Isn’t the saying, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”?

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There’s truly nothing -no experience or adventure, that has taken my breath away like Costa Rica. If life can be this lovely and challenging every day, I will GLADLY be out of breath -especially in Costa Rica.

PURA VIDA!

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